3 Things Rodents Love About Your House

3 Things Rodents Love About Your House

Why do people have rodent infestations? Because rodents are wild animals doing what they need to for survival. If your home provides the basic needs for rodents, they will consider it an invitation. What are the 3 Things Rodents Love About Your House?

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Rodents are not as large as humans. This means the spaces we don’t pay attention to are perfect for them. Barns and abandoned buildings are a favorite of rodents. How are the rodents gaining entrance to your personal space? Routine inspections of your home, barn, or office building will reduce the chances of having unwanted rodents. Unsealed roofs, windows without screens, open vents, openings into the attic or crawlspace are common entry points. Imagine how small rodents can be, they need only a hole 25% of their body size to enter.

Food-

Messy kitchens, attics full of old boxes, grain bins, unsecured trash cans are all ways that rodents fill their bellies in your home. Because rodent teeth are always growing, they need things to gnaw on. Like old books, boxes, twigs, holes, almost anything. Keep any area that food is stored, prepared, served, and disposed of clean is important.

Smells-

Smells! Yes. Rodents have a good sense of smell. If they are walking between two homes and yours has good smells like peanut butter, hot dogs, minty dental floss, jelly beans, honey, and much more.

Hope this answers your questions about the 3 Things Rodents Love About Your House.

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Rodents and the Health Risk They Cause

Rodents and the Health Risk They Cause

Rodents constantly grow incisors and do not have canines teeth. Rats, mice, squirrels, porcupines, or hamsters are all considered rodents. They gnaw at everything and they are the largest order of mammals in the world. They are uses as household pets and can be rather cute. Some bring disease and they can cause damage to your home. It’s good to know about rodents and the health risk they cause.

How Do They Spread Disease?

Since there are several diseases caused by rodents there are a number of ways that they can spread diseases. It’s best to call a Pest Control Company if you have an infestation, but you should also be familiar with the dangers caused by rodents.

Inhaling dust in the air that has been saturated with rat or mice urine or droppings, directly touching dropping or urine, a bite from the rodent, even swimming or kayaking in drinking water of the animal. Fleas that bite rodents and jumped to humans cause the bubonic plague. Touching a dead rat causes disease. In general stay away from rodent infested areas. Breathing the same air as the rats can cause disease.

What Diseases Are Caused by Rodents?

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome can cause kidney damage. Leptospirosis causes muscle spasms, headaches, or fevers. This disease can affect humans or animals. Mainly seen in domesticated dogs. The bubonic plague is cause by the fleas on rats. This disease caused mass amount of deaths in the Middle Ages, but this disease is still claiming lives. 1-7 days after you’ve come in contact with the plague you will start to have flu like systems. This is another reason it is important to understand rodents and the health risk they cause.

Avoiding Rodents

Rats contaminate 10 times the food they consume so it is very important to do your best to keep them out. Store your food in air tight containers. Plug holes or any hidey hole they might use to get in. They can enter through a hole just a quarter on an inch wide. So make sure you do a perimeter check. If you see them give us a call.

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3 Pest Prevention Tips For Fall

Pest Prevention Tips for Fall

Pest Prevention Tips For FallThere are 3 pest prevention tips for Fall that are very important to keep your home pest free. Because the weather is getting colder, bugs and critters want to avoid the changing weather too. Most of all, to continue blocking unwanted Fall visitors (aka pests), we have come up with 3 simple and easy tips that will help you.

What to Do:

  1. Examine- Take some time to thoroughly examine the outside of your home. This includes all windows, doors, seals, crawl space entries, vents, etc. If there are any broken screens, now is a good time to replace them. Cracks should be sealed with new caulking and door gaps should be closed with quality weather-stripping. It is important to remove old caulking, scraping well to remove any debris while not making any larger spaces. Adding a rubber seal under the garage doors can keep water and pests out.
  2. Seal Openings- Any place that you have an opening for utilities can be a super highway for rodents. Mice can squeeze through an opening as small as 1/4 inch. Spiders can get through openings as small as 1/32 inch. Those are tiny spaces. Take a flashlight (even in daytime) to full a full examination. To block those holes or cracks effectively we recommend using wire mesh, expandable foam or concrete.
  3. Chimney Cap- Do you have a chimney in your home? They are amazing for beautiful fires during cold weather however they can be an open door for unwanted pests. Birds, bats, raccoons, squirrels and other critters can wreck havoc on your home via the chimney. By installing a chimney cap, you will be stopping their point of entry. Don’t forget any attic vents while you are on the roof. Use wire mesh to block rodents from entering your attic through your vents.

If you are experiencing any pest control concerns or issues. Please give our office a call at 615-220-1933 or fill out a contact form HERE.

Bugs On Santa's Good List

When Santa makes His List, What Bugs Are On Santa’s Good List?

It’s the time of year when the cold weather makes many pests go into hibernation. You forget about the sting of the yellow jacket or irritation of flies or ants. But, all year long there are “pests” that are good. So here is this year’s list of bugs/pests that are Santa’s Good List!

Long Legged Cellar Spider

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Spiders– Most spiders provide a value in our lives. People increased their fear in spiders after the movie Arachnophobia was so popular. Some of the positives about having spiders are:

  • Spiders eat pests like roaches, earwigs, mosquitos, flies, and more!
  • The long legged cellar spider is known to kill Black Widow Spiders!
  • Spiders can help halt the spread of disease spread by common pests like mosquitos.
  • Spiders reduce pests like aphids in your garden.
Lady Bug

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Lady Bugs/Lady Beetles– Occasionally an infestation of lady bugs can be a nuisance, but overall Lady Bugs are definitely on Santa’s Good List! Here is a positive about Lady Bugs:

  • Lady Bugs eat aphids that plague gardens. Gardeners are known to purchase Lady Bugs to help protection their gardens with little use of pesticide.

 

Garter Snake

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Snakes (Not Deadly to Humans)– Snacks often get a bad rap without merit. Read below on how snakes help humans:

  • Rat snakes prey on rats that can wreck havoc on barn supplies.
  • Rat do not carry disease like rats, mosquitos, etc.
  • Most snakes will run away rather than attack humans.
  • Snakes like Gartner Snakes benefit gardens by keeping mice away.

 

Interested in the Garter Snake? Read more about this snake here!

 

Don’t let fear of bugs and pests taint your judgement. While most of these species have dangerous and poisonous relatives, not all are out to kill a human. Look at the positives of how these bugs and pests can make your life better, and without extra pesticides. Now what will Santa bring Lady Bugs this year?

Tips for Keeping Winter Pests out of Your Home

Winter will soon be here, and there are plenty of winter pests you’ll want to keep out of your house. From mice to bedbugs to spiders, these pests can invade your home if you’re not careful. If you want to keep them away, here are some great tips for keeping winter pests out of your home.pexels-photo

  1. Make sure your roof and the ground around your house are debris-free. Pests love to get into wood and plants and if this debris is too close to your house, they can find their way in and annoy you.
  2. Another great tip for keeping winter pests out of your home is to seal all of your windows and make sure there are no gaps in your home for pests to come in through. Bugs and rodents are resilient in finding ways to get indoors, so make sure you leave them as little space as possible.
  3. Don’t leave food sitting around the house. Especially in the kitchen. Make sure to clean up after you eat or prepare meals. Rodents especially want to eat any food that they see to get them through the winter, so the less food you leave out, the less they’ll have to eat. This is not only especially important during the winter months, but summer as well.
  4. Check to see that there are no nests that pests might have made in the spring and summer. Your chimney is a place where many pests such as birds and mice can make their homes. You should also check the attic for signs that pests may be making your home theirs.

There you have some helpful tips for keeping winter pests out of your home. While none of these are foolproof, they will get you on your way to having a pest-free winter! If you have a pest problem that you can’t control yourself, call us at 615-220-1933 or click here to schedule an appointment!

When to Call a Pest Control Company

When You’ve Done All You Can Do, When Do You Call a Pest Control Company?

Everyone has those unwanted pests such as ants, cockroaches, brown recluse and other spiders, mosquitos, and rats that get into their food and living environment. They’re so annoying and often, their bites can be painful and dangerous. This article will help you to decide when it’s time to call a pest control company.

 

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Brown Recluse Spiders

If you live in the Southeastern United States, you are probably all-too familiar with the brown recluse spider. While death is rare, their bite turns into a very painful sore that can lead to some nasty infections that take weeks to get rid of.

If you see brown recluses in your home, call a pest control company immediately. While there are certain things you can do at home on your own to help prevent and control spider infestations, sometimes that is not enough, and you need to call a pest control company to get rid of them.

 

 

 

 

Getting rid of German Cockroaches

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Cockroaches

Likewise, cockroaches are a common pest problem. Cockroaches can live for up to a year and eat almost anything. They can even go for a month without food at all! The two most common roaches are the American and German cockroaches.

American cockroaches are large (one to two inches) and stay outside for the most part, so if you see just one roach, it might not be much of a problem, but if you see two of them, it’s very likely that you have an infestation.

German cockroaches are much smaller (half an inch), but if you see even one, that means there are probably a lot more. They reproduce at a much faster rate than American cockroaches. One female and her offspring can produce over 30,000 young in just a year! In either case, if you see two roaches, call a pest control company (like Absolute Pest Control) immediately.

 

 

Mice and Rats

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While spiders and insects are pretty small and therefore not as noticeable, another common pest problem is mice and rats. They are large and tend to make a lot of noise that can keep you up at night and can wreak havoc on your kitchen pantry, destroying much of your food.

  • There are certain things you can do to keep them away and catch them, such as:
  • Setting mouse traps
  • Using an electronic, low-frequency noise device that is made to keep them away
  • If you can’t get rid of them yourself, call a pest control company (click to schedule and appointment) to deal with those annoying rodents.

All in all, there are many products that can help prevent and exterminate insects and rodents, but sometimes these are not enough. If you see multiple spiders, insects, or rodents, it is likely that there is a bigger infestation than you can handle on your own. If so, it’s time to call a pest control company to get rid of the problem.

Contact Absolute Pest Control, click here or give us a call to schedule an appointment today!

Sources:

http://animals.mom.me/long-roaches-reproduce-11115.html

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-lifespan-of-a-cockroach.htm

http://www.worldwidepest.com/blog/entry/know-when-to-call-an-exterminator-for-roach-control

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_recluse_spider

http://pestcontrol.about.com/od/diyrodentcontrol/a/8-Steps-To-Prepare-For-Rodent-Control-Service.htm

5 Most Common Winter Pests

What Are The 5 Most Common Winter Pests?

common-house-spiders.jpgAnts, bed bugs, birds, cockroaches, flies, rodents, spiders, termites….is your skin crawling yet? But rest assured, in the winter, some of those pests magically disappear into the great wilderness of not-in-my-house. However, it is important to note the word some here, mostly because it is not the word all. That’s right, they aren’t all gone. This means right now, buzzers and crawlers could be moving through the fabrics in your carpet or in your kids’ bedsheets. You should be able to experience the peace and comfort of knowing that you are safe. Knowledge is power and you should certainly keep your home safe. So here are the 5 Most Common Winter Pests and how you can identify them.

  1. Firewood pests usually enter through wood used in certain stoves and fireplaces. Wood which hasn’t been left in the summer to kill insects is prone to harbor insects. Wood which has been stored near a building, or on the ground can harbor rodents which can ride their way into your kitchen. If you brought any sticks or chop wood into or within fifty feet of your home in the last six months, did you look over every piece to visually inspect for insects and rodents? There’s something to think about. The best tool to fight these pests is with professional treatment.

  2. Overwintering insects are basically bugs that are hibernating. In Tennessee, they are adjusted to a long period of cold, brittle temperatures. When these particular insects take up residence in your home, they will come out of hibernation and emerge into the warmth of your winter home, thinking they have arrived at spring. So go ahead, turn it up to seventy-two.

  3. The house mouse might be two to two and a half inches long and carries a hairless tail twice as long as its body. If you see a light brown or gray ball of fur streak by you on the floor, it’s time to call the exterminator. They will eat through any food container, leave droppings all over the house or carry anyy of 35 diseases.

  4. Rats are not mice. They are usually brown with a gray underbelly. Your rat can grow up to 16 inches long from head to tail. Because of their size, they can cause real damage when they burrow in your backyard or climb up into the attic space and begin chewing on wires.

  5. The dreaded bed bug is not just a fair-thee-well when putting the kids to bed. Bed bugs have exploded back into American mattresses in the last few years. They were practically non-existent before World War II, but the swell lately is certainly worth watching. You can put on a mattress cover, but if you don’t have one now, read on. Bed bugs are very small (about 5 millimeters) and brown. They look a lot like ticks. Bed bugs feed on human blood and can live a year without a host. The good news is that they do not transmit diseases to humans, but they will crawl all over your skin and keep you awake. Every. Single. Night.

How to get rid of rats

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Keeping yourself safe is not a difficult thing to do in the home. When you have a good pest control professional like Absolute Pest Control, you can rest assured that these pests as well as dozens of others will be cared for without you having to worry. Our Platinum Plan offers safety, security and affordability. See the plan here.

Take a moment today and look through your house for these 5 Most Common Winter Pests. Check the headboards, around the trashcans and take a peek at the baseboards. Make sure you are safe and enjoy the peace of a protected home. If you find a problem, call our professional technicians at 615-220-1933.

Winter's 5 Most Common Pests

Winter’s 5 Most Common Pests

What are Winter’s 5 most common pests? Ants, bed bugs, birds, cockroaches, flies, rodents, spiders, termites….is your skin crawling yet? But rest assured, in the winter, some of those pests magically disappear into the great wilderness of not-in-my-house. However, it is important to note the word some here, mostly because it is not the word all. That’s right, they aren’t all gone. This means right now, buzzers and crawlers could be moving through the fabrics in your carpet or in your kids’ bedsheets. You should be able to experience the peace and comfort of knowing that you are safe. Knowledge is power and you should certainly keep your home safe. So here are Winter’s 5 most common pests and how you can identify them.

Mice infestion services

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1. Firewood pests usually enter through wood used in certain stoves and fireplaces. Wood which hasn’t been left in the summer to kill insects is prone to harbor insects. Wood which has been stored near a building, or on the ground can harbor rodents which can ride their way into your kitchen. If you brought any sticks or chop wood into or within fifty feet of your home in the last six months, did you look over every piece to visually inspect for insects and rodents? There’s something to think about. The best tool to fight these pests is with professional treatment from Absolute Pest Control Service. Click here to contact us.

2. Overwintering insects are basically bugs that are hibernating. In Tennessee (are you in Nashville, Murfreesboro or Brentwood), they are adjusted to a long period of cold, brittle temperatures. When these particular insects take up residence in your home, they will come out of hibernation and emerge into the warmth of your winter home, thinking they have arrived at spring. So go ahead, turn it up to seventy-two.

3. The house mouse might be two to two and a half inches long and carries a hairless tail twice as long as its body. If you see a light brown or gray ball of fur streak by you on the floor, it’s time to call the exterminator. They will eat through any food container, leave droppings all over the house or carry any of 35 diseases. This is high on the list of Winter’s 5 most common pests.

4. Rats are not mice. They are usually brown with a gray underbelly. Your rat can grow up to 16 inches long from head to tail. Because of their size, they can cause real damage when they burrow in your backyard or climb up into the attic space and begin chewing on wires.

How to get rid of Bed Bugs

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5. The dreaded bed bug is not just a fair-thee-well when putting the kids to bed. Bed bugs have exploded back into American mattresses in the last few years. They were practically non-existent before World War II, but the swell lately is certainly worth watching. You can put on a mattress cover, but if you don’t have one now, read on. Bed bugs are very small (about 5 millimeters) and brown. They look a lot like ticks. Bed bugs feed on human blood and can live a year without a host. The good news is that they do not transmit diseases to humans, but they will crawl all over your skin and keep you awake. Every. Single. Night.

Keeping yourself safe from Winter’s 5 most common pests is not a difficult thing to do in the home. When you have a good pest control professional, you can rest assured that these pests as well as dozens of others will be cared for. We guarantee our service and want to be your pest control partner. If you have any questions or are ready to book your appointment, please call us 615-220-1933.

Take a moment today and look through your house. Check the headboards, around the trashcans and take a peek at the baseboards. Make sure you are safe and enjoy the peace of a protected home.

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Selecting A Pest Control Company

Do You Need Pest Control Service But Don’t Know How To Chose The Right Company?

There comes a time in most people’s lives when they need a pest control company to come help with a problem. Whether it be a one-time service or gold star maintenance package, you still need to know what yo look for to get the best company for your issue. The task may seems daunting at first, but don’t despair! Here are some questions to ask, tips and things to look for in you new pest control partner.

Questions:

  • Does the pest control company have a valid license?
  • Is the company bonded?
  • What is the charter number?
  • Does the company do background screening on your technicians? If so, which ones?
  • Do the technicians have identification when they arrive at your home or business?
  • How many years has the company been in the pest control business?
  • How much experience does the company have treating a problem like yours?
  • Does the company offer free estimates on pest control?
  • Does the company require a long term contract? If so, is there a detailed list of exactly what is and is not covered?
  • Is there a guarantee on the pest control service you will receive?
  • Is there an eco-friendly option (if that is important to you)?

Tips:

  • A properly screened and identified technician will keep you and your family safe.
  • Check to see if there are reviews about the business online (i.e. Facebook, Google, Angie’s List, Better Business Bureau, etc.). Remember one bad review shouldn’t end your research, see how they handles the issue. That way, if the unfortunate happens to you, you are prepared on how you will be treated.
  • Pay attention to what is not covered and any time limitations on work.
  • When comparing quotes check above tip to correctly identify what you are actually paying for and what is excluded.
  • If you don’t feel right about a company, go with your gut. Especially if there is a maintenance contract.

Overview:

Choosing a pest control company can be a big decision or one based on an infestation and who can arrive the soonest. Take a breathe and make sure you ask the right questions, are comfortable with the answers and choose a partner in your home maintenance not a fly-by-night business. A quality company will respect the fact that you have questions and cheerfully answer them. If they don’t, they are not the right one for you!

At Absolute Pest Control we pride ourselves in helping our clients achieve the results they are looking for at a reasonable value. We can and do answer the questions listed above for our customers and offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee. Our Platinum Package for hoe pest control maintenance covers more than any other and is priced below many Big Name companies. Our fully screened, trained and background checked technicians will service your home or business in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, LaVergne, Brentwood, Franklin, Nashville and all of Middle Tennessee. If we can be of assistance to you please call us today at 615-220-1933!

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Now Available - Wildlife Relocation & Animal Removal Services

Now Available – Wildlife Relocation & Animal Removal Services

Absolute Pest Control is pleased to announce: Wildlife Relocation & Animal Removal Services to better serve our clients. Our humane animal removal service includes: removal of nuisance pests like bats, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, snakes, moles, birds, and more. These animals can extensively destroy your property and annoy house dwellers. Half of the problem is the animal removal and half of the problem is keeping them gone. Our licensed and bonded wildlife relocation and animal removal technicians will provide a free estimate, plan of successful eviction of your pest, and guarantee to solve your problem.

 

If you notice rustling noises in your attic, especially after dark, you may have a bat problem. Bats are especially annoying because of the terrible mess (their droppings are called guano) they leave behind. Once we complete the bat exclusion, we create a plan to keep them out. Each animal removal has its own plan to repair the bat’s entrance.

 

Squirrels can take residence in your home or business at any time. They look for inside homes during extreme cold or if their natural habitat has been destroyed. One sure sign of squirrels is chewed insulation or wiring. Other signs are loud noises in the attic, urine stained insulation, urine stained ceilings, or sightings of their feces. Squirrels can chew through electrical wires and create major fire hazards. Squirrel removal can be difficult because they are sneaky, small, and persistent pests.

 

One of our biggest area offenders are skunks. Our technicians, at Absolute Pest Control, provide humane animal removal services for skunks that have invaded your home, porch, shed, business, etc. Skunks are relocated away from your home and do not return if they have been released more than a mile from your property. We provide skunk (animal) removal by evaluating where they are coming from, setting humane traps, and then relocating the animals to a safe new habitat. Maybe you are encouraging skunks by feeding them? Do you exposed pet food? What about a bird feeder? How about a garden full of berries? These all seem innocent but can provide food to skunks. Skunks can carry animal distemperment, that can be transmitted to your pets.

 

We provide affordable wildlife eviction to all of Middle Tennessee, especially rural areas outside of Nashville. These wildlife and animal removal services include: bat exclusion, squirrel removal, skunk eviction, snake relocation, raccoon control, and more. Call Absolute Pest Control for humane animal removal and relocation service provided by our licensed and bonded technicians.

 

Remember animal removal and wildlife relocation is best left to the experts!

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